Elwood Residence

In the Elwood suburb of Melbourne, an Edwardian cottage is a two-faced modern home. After a modern extension and renovation, by Robson Rak Architects and Made by Cohen, the quaint front facade belies every element inside. The two-level addition, half the width of the original house, is clad in vertical metal siding. And the transformation doesn’t stop there. Continue reading


Roof Terrace Design In Montreal

Behind an unassuming exterior door lies a breathtaking rooftop terrace designed by Martine Brisson. Ms. Brisson was the recipient of the 2012 Grand Prix Du Design 2012 in the “terrace” category. A successful space, says Brisson, “is one that evolves, one that the people who live in it can appropriate and change to make their life easier.” Her successful design implementation of this space is truly an achievement in bringing this philosophy to life. Each zone or space quietly intersects with one another, creating a flow that is unmistakably well thought out. Continue reading


Pascale Girardin: The art of making an entrance

From her Montreal office and studio, award winning Pascale Girardin has designed these breathtaking suspended sculptures for the Four Seasons Hotel in Pudong, Shanghai and the Printemps Haussmann Hotel in Paris, France. Pascale’s background comes from designing high architectural ceramic pieces for the luxury hospitality industry around the world. She has recently expanded her operation into creating these large-scale suspended flower sculptures. Continue reading


Stair House

The space expanding trick of using continuous materials is taken to new levels in this home. Designed by Nederland-based Onix, the entire structure, outside and in, is wrapped in wood. Inside the building material palette is pure plywood with a concrete kitchen counter. And new heights are achieved by a total of 10 levels that spiral up and around the house. Of course the top floor includes a roof terrace! Continue reading


BICOM Offices Design

BICOM Communications has a new home in Montreal, Canada. Jean de Lessard, the creative designer tapped to take on this monumental office renovation was certainly up for the job. The design scope of this project consists of a series of small houses positioned around several public spaces. The construction materials used for the houses are rigid in style but can be easily modified to allow for expansion within this growing company. Continue reading


Wiesergut Hotel

In the lush valley of an Austrian ski resort in Hinterglemm, a contemporary hotel exudes the warmth of a time worn chalet. Designed by GOGL Architekten, this boutique hotel of just over 5,000 sq.m. offers 17 suites in a five story traditional gable roofed building and 7 garden suites. Continue reading



Here’s a perfect example of how to breathe new life in to a space that’s been masked with modifications over time. This pool house in Toronto lost its mid-century modern flair and has been reborn with playful style by +Tongtong Inc. Making the building multi-purpose benefits everyone from the owners to their short and long-term guests. Continue reading


House P: Living History in Berlin

Berlin is the home of this thoughtfully reconstructed historic home. The client’s choice in architect was none other than the vibrant Thomas Kroger of the firm TKA. On the outside, this home has retained its historic elegant facade. Upon entering this stately home, I am awestruck by its thoughtful partnership of old world details and contemporary aesthetics. The paired down palette of color, detail and finishes all add up to a sophisticated yet understated combination that simply works. Continue reading


Atriumhaus: Mod Pod In Berlin

Having been a fan of the mid century modernist era for the past two decades, I was delighted to discover this home in Berlin’s famous Hansaviertel district. Continue reading


Pylaia Boutique Hotel & Spa: Greek Getaway

Located on the tiny island of Astypalaia, which is part of the chain of the Dodecanese islands of Greece, sits the incredible Pylaia Boutique Hotel. The Pylaia houses 26 rooms, each of which has been designed for maximum comfort. All rooms and suites have private balconies that overlook the Aegean Sea. Continue reading